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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Sep 2, 2011 6:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: The Europe 72 CD extraction tool

Having torn the first corner on one of my CD sleeves, bending the CD pocket open far enough to get my big hammy fingers in there to pull the CD out (thanks to the cheap-ass paper they used), I've invented a CD extraction tool that may be of archival quality.

1) Find one of those little paper clips (original size, not giant) with the colorful rubbery coating over the metal. The coating is essential so you don't scratch the inside of your cases or the upper surface of the CDs.

2) Find the finest-tipped needle-nosed pliers you can (mine are about 2mm wide at the tip and finely tapered), or I suppose some really strong tweezers.

3) Straighten out the paper clip with your fingers.

4) Clamping the pliers around one end of the clip, roll it into a very tight loop, at least 270 degrees around so the exposed metal of the end is tucked into the loop and won't contact any part of the CD or case. The loop on my tool is 4-5 mm in diameter.

5) About 10 mm from the other end, use the pliers to bend the clip at a 90 degree angle, pointing up in the opposite direction that the loop points down on the other end. If you're using the same sized clip I am, your tool will then be about 73 mm long, including the loop.

To use the tool:

1) Slide the loop end into one CD pocket of a sleeve, sideways so the loop and bent other end are both parallel to the CD surface. The loop should be on the label side of the CD, not the music side.

2) When the tool is in just about all the way to the bent end, the loop should be positioned right over the hole in the middle of the CD.

3) Twist the bent end so it points up, and the loop therefore points down into the hole in the middle of the CD.

4) If you have it positioned correctly, when you start to pull out on the bent end, the loop should catch on the edge of the CD hole, pulling the CD out of the pocket.

This tool enables you to extract CDs without bending the paper of the sleeve enough to tear the corners. My first efforts suggest that when used gently it doesn't scratch the CD label at all.

Practice with some of your Road Trips CDs till you're confident you can use it without harming your Europe 72 set.

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Poster: chris in long beach Date: Sep 2, 2011 9:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Europe 72 CD extraction tool

My method is a bit simpler, and may not work for everyone (I haven't ripped any paper as of right now).

1. Turn the paper sideways so that the opening (where you insert and remove the disc) is facing the floor.

2. Put your free hand underneath the opening.

3. Gently squeeze, and the CD will drop into your free hand.

Use the same technique to put the CD back in its hole.

This doesn't appear to scratch the disc (but don't take my word on it!).

I may just get a big CD wallet and store them in that.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Sep 3, 2011 6:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Europe 72 CD extraction tool

That's my method also! Squeeze and shake a little. I'd never put ANY metal object anywhere near the disc.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Sep 3, 2011 7:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Europe 72 CD extraction tool

I tried that with the discs whose pockets aren't on the end, and it didn't work. That's when I started thinking about a tool.

The point of using a paper clip with the rubbery coating is that no metal ever contacts either discs or sleeves. It really does work fine, but I suggest people practice first with less valuable discs so they too can be persuaded of that.

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Poster: ice9freak Date: Sep 2, 2011 7:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Europe 72 CD extraction tool

Damn it if I haven't torn two of mine already. Crap paper, indeed.

May I recommend tweezers of the zircon-encrusted variety?

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Poster: reviewr Date: Sep 2, 2011 8:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Europe 72 CD extraction tool

Ha! Moving to Montana soon.

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Sep 3, 2011 5:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Europe 72 CD extraction tool

Patent pending?

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Sep 3, 2011 7:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Europe 72 CD extraction tool

Creative Commons license.

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Poster: bigmoe53 Date: Sep 2, 2011 8:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Europe 72 CD extraction tool

I have listened to 4/7 and 4/8 and torn the corner on both trying to get disc 1 out.

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Sep 2, 2011 7:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Europe 72 CD extraction tool

Really,

Dicks Picks was all about the plastic center grip breaking off pistals and Road Trips was all about the cardboard sleeve keeping the disc inside.

If this isn't a call for 24bit/96khz downloads, then go back to manufacturing the freakin LP's for christ sake!